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Next ‘Zelda’ Game To Follow ‘Breath Of The Wild’ Format, Producer Confirms

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.BagoGames/Flickr

After the success of The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild, it was only to be expected that its developers would want to stick to what made the game such a hit. As such, series producer Eiji Aonuma recently confirmed that the next game in the series would follow the same format as BOTW, paying close attention to the kind of freedom that it provides players.

Speaking to IGN recently, the producer revealed a few details about the development of BOTW as well as future plans for the franchise. Aonuma placed special emphasis on the level of freedom that the game allowed, especially with regards to puzzle solving and even in fighting bosses.

“You know, I can’t speak to what other people, other companies will do in their own games, but I think for me, especially just in terms of the Zelda series, the incredible freedom that this game offers you and how well that’s been received…to me, it means that freedom, that level of freedom is something that needs to be maintained in Zelda games going forward. My eyes have been opened to how important that is,” he said.

“So one of the things that we definitely consider is that we always wanted to make sure the player could understand what their challenges or what their hurdle is. We always wanted to make sure the challenge could be challenged. So we always wanted to make a linear way of [overcoming] a hurdle.”

As GamingBolt notes, BOTW was a breath of fresh air in an industry saturated with open world games that seem to do nothing revolutionary. It’s an especially noteworthy victory for a series that many had worried would not be able to find a place in the current market. With BOTW being one of the highest-rated games of all time and racking up accolades left and right, it’s Legend of Zelda returning to form.

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